• Ann Taylor Spring Arrivals – 50% off and free ship!

    modcloth navy mustard yellow spring work outfit

    J.Crew mustard top (very similar on sale), Modcloth cardigan sz S, Chicwish trench
    Ann Taylor skirt c/o (same print, new color) & tote, Manolo heels, Baublebar necklace

    This is another way I’ve styled this floral skirt, last blogged about here – I love the hints of mustard and gray within the print so brought them out using other pieces. The color I’m wearing is sold out but it comes in another color in the same textured fabric (FYI, I got mine taken in but my friend has the same one and was able to shrink it down ~1 size in the machine dryer). Right now Ann Taylor is having an amazing sale with 50% off site-wide and free shipping on everything! Use code CYBER50 through Monday night, online only. I’ve done a big sale round-up below on some items in my wardrobe that are still available, as well as my top suggestions from recent fitting room try-ons!
    professional office outfit ann taylor petites manolo blahnik BB
    Their latest collection is full of navy, cream, and yellow in prints like big gingham and pineapple – all colors and patterns after my own heart. I noticed in the fitting room that all the pieces easily mix and match due to the simplified color scheme of mainly three colors.

    ann taylor petites spring sale gingham pineapples

    ann taylor sleeveless sweater fringe shell pineapple shorts

    sweater in xs regular, pineapple shorts in 0 regular (loose on me – petites avail. online)

    fringe sweater shell – available in both cream and navy, starting in xxs online. A thickly knit, gorgeous quality shell in an elegant A-line silhouette. Lots of textural details that actually wrap all the way around the back (love it when no shortcuts are taken on details!). This wouldn’t have caught my eye online but it looked very petite-friendly and well-made in person so I had to try it on. A regular XS fit me well so it may be cropped on taller ladies. If you like this slightly flared silhouette, there is also a tweed version with fringe in cream that comes in both regular and petite!
    – pineapple city shorts – when I was browsing last week, the AT employees were snapping up these new arrivals shorts for themselves. There was no petites in store (online only) so I couldn’t really gauge the sizing.
    ann taylor spring striped sweater jacket

    striped cardigan jacket xs regular, J.Brand jeans sz 24, BP flats sz 5.5

    – striped sweater jacket – classic little cardigan jacket reminiscent of Chanel styling. Love the boucle-like texture and details including tortoise buttons, pockets, and the rolled mustard edging. Only complaint is it’s only partially lined. This is another piece I found available in regular sizing only, but the shrunken and cropped fit makes it petite-friendly. I’m trying on an xs here and the shoulders were a touch wide, but it comes in one size smaller (xxs) online. The shoulders have a little padding inside to give the sweater knit some structure.
    ann taylor chanel style yellow navy sweater jacket

    ^Love how it looks draped over the shoulders too!

    ann taylor petites peplum sweater gingham scarf reviews

    peplum knit shell (3 colors) – classic shell that is both stretchy and comfortable. The peplum flare is very slight, making it still appropriate for business wear. As shown below, the V neck also works well layered over button-ups if you want to wear this to a dressier setting.
    ann taylor petite peplum top outfit

    Layered over my Banana Republic striped shirt, also on sale (reviewed here)

    spring work outfit ann taylor petites pencil skirt

    And here are a few other pieces that I either own, or caught my eye online:

    – gingham shorts in navy or mustard – I love a good pair of tailored shorts that can be dressed up or down. I got a pair of these in my usual size and they were a touch loose, but I was able to shrink them a bit in my machine dryer (please note these are tagged dry clean only so machine wash at your own risk). Material is a nice 100% cotton with some stretch, and I love the angled pockets. The petite has a modest 3.5″ inseam and the higher waist is lengthening on short legs, in my opinion!

    – blush piped dress now on final sale, for a steal at under $50 – see my review here and it re-styled here. Love this classic sheath which is good quality all-around with thorough piping detail. I did get the hips of mine slimmed by a tailor.

    – classic cotton striped tee – I found one in my usual size to try on and it was snug and a little short, so I’d suggest sizing up or perhaps try regular sizing! Both navy and the brick red (looks just like my J.Crew striped turtleneck) are easy basics to pair with.

    – navy gingham sheath dress – this is an online exclusive so I haven’t tried it on, but I’ve seen this material in-person on the skirt version and it’s a beautiful quality, thick textured fabric. The higher waistline looks promising on shorter figures, and the cut looks very versatile for layering (ie. simple white button-up underneath, cropped navy or mustard cardigan over). I also love the skirt option (fully lined, invisible zip) which looks and feels more expensive than it is.

    – shoes & bags: my favorites of theirs from this season are the neutral pink bow pumps (see on me) and the low block-heeled sandals (see on me). I haven’t yet seen this crossbody / clutch bag in-person, but the combo of suede and gold chain looks pretty and luxe in all three colors!

    striped wrap top – haven’t tried this one on either, but it looks like a combo of two of my favorite things: crossover drape and blue shirting stripes. I would style it by tucking the front part in, maybe into higher-waisted bottoms.

    Happy shopping! I’d love to hear if you pick anything up from this sale!

    47 thoughts on “Ann Taylor Spring Arrivals – 50% off and free ship!

    • Marta April 17, 2016 at 4:25 am
    • Dressed With Soul April 17, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Love everything you show here, the combination with the floral skirt is my favorite!
      xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Andjela Vukasovic April 17, 2016 at 7:37 am

      I love the print of that skirt, so elegant and also of the shorts, too cute 🙂


    • Anonymous April 17, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi, Jean and regards from Finland. that flower print skirt is nice and I like that skye blue trench. 🙂 ( including the price 🙂 ) Hugs — Anu.

    • Anika H April 17, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Love the outfit, such a perfect look!

      Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    • Thuy | Dress Up, Chow Down April 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      I love the white peplum shell and maybe the floral skirt.


    • Vera April 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Gorgeous photos, you look lovely!

      Blonde in Cashmere

    • Amanda Warren April 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      What is your secret to tucking shirts/blouses (and even cardigans) into your fitting skirts without it looking too bulgy but very streamlined?

    • affecionada April 17, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Great picks, Jean! I especially love the shoes!


    • KB April 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Jean, can you please write a post on how you spot great pieces? Most of the things you model I'd never pick out (I usually shop online), but they look nothing short of amazing on you and they way you mix and match. Is this an inborn ability/sense of style or can it be somehow developed?

    • Mantenso April 17, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      I love the mustard items, especially the print shorts!

    • Joyce - Tea with MD April 17, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      As usual, LOVE how you paired these colors! I'm a big fan of mustard yellow too 🙂

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    • Mlle Coconath April 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Great finds! I love every outfit!
      Mademoiselle Coconath

    • Allie Provost April 17, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      i'm in love with this color combo! and that trench is the perfect accessory!



    • Deasy Noel April 17, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      All the outfits look great, and I'm liking that three combo color. Those pineapple shorts and the jacket is soo tempting.


    • Anonymous April 18, 2016 at 12:46 am

      Hi Jean, thank you for sharing this sale? please excuse the following question that I am about to ask since it is not related to this post. How would you handle people (coworker, friends, client…) that make comments about your height. Honestly, I sometimes get tired of those comments , I mean it's not like us petite females choose to be short right ? this is when you can say life is not fair. So far I just don't say anything back even though I want to tell them: "stop, I don't appreciate your comment " . I wonder how you and fellow petite gals here deal with issue like this. I wonder if there is a classy way to make those commenters realize they are not being considerate without showing that you are annoyed by their comments? thanks Jean

    • Trang Do April 18, 2016 at 1:20 am

      Love your skirt! You looks so beautiful!
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    • Anonymous April 18, 2016 at 1:34 am

      Hi Jean! I've been following your blog for years, but this is my first time commenting! How do you get the top of your hair to look so voluminous? Do you still use the Asian bump-it, or do you simply backcomb and then tug some hair out? Thanks so much!

    • Neemah April 18, 2016 at 3:27 am

      I love the outfits, you really know how to pair pieces. Good job!

    • Romy Chaney April 18, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Gorgeous ! That mustard color is one of my fave colors to wear, its so lovely ! http://romychaney.com

    • Maggie Zemanek April 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Yes to this sale! I have already ordered so many things 🙂


    • Anonymous April 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

      I'd love to purchase the piped dress but they only have a size 0P. I'm closer to your fit of 00P – what's your opinion on possible alterations needed for a 0P?

    • Anonymous April 18, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Do any of you fellow petite ladies wear glasses? I have to get a pair and I'm completely lost for options for small frames that are NOT noticeably made for kids. Thanks!

    • Pamela Gonzalez April 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      OMG, love the combination of navy and mustard! Such a nice outfit you put together here <3


    • Emmy Corinne April 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      so preppy!
      Bombshell approved

      Boys and Bombshell

    • Jenn April 18, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Love the grey coat. I think grey outerwear can be so pretty and it works with so many different colors.

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    • Julia Mazzucato April 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      I always love your try-on reviews of petite friendly clothes! I love the skirt you're wearing as well.
      Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    • Jean April 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      No real trick but I usually only tuck lightweight and thinner tops into thicker, lined bottoms

    • Jean April 18, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Hi KB – it just comes with years of shopping and knowing what types of silhouettes and styles work from various brands. For example, something simple like looking for pieces that seem a little awkwardly short or cropped on the online models oftentimes ends up fitting me well.

    • Jean April 18, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Hi there – I think the first step is just getting very comfortable about your body type and height so that those types of comments, when they do occur (because they will always occur, unfortunately!) , truly will not bother you and you truly won't feel like life is not fair because of height. After that I think the best way is to just immediately change the subject after comments like that are made, and people who are tactful should realize you don't enjoy those types of comments and that you don't find height to be funny or cute to joke about.

    • Jean April 18, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Hi there – if you watch my video tutorials (ie. for the hair bun that I filmed a few months ago) I show how I simply pull out some hair with my fingers to create that poof. I don't like using the bumpit anymore and I feel teasing often is damaging on my hair.

    • Jean April 18, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Hi – If you are similar to size as me then I think the 0P would be too big unfortunately!

    • Anonymous April 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Jean! Thanks so much for replying! I also pull out some hair with my fingers, but as the day goes on, my ponytail starts to sag and my poof disappears as well. Do you have that issue when you put your hair up?

    • Anonymous April 18, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      I notice when Jean layers clothing, it doesn't look bulky either. I think the secret is that she is very slender.

    • Anonymous April 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Hi Jean, I appreciate your response, and I think you are an amazing young woman. I enjoy your blog very much. Thank you!

    • Yonosoyunaitgirl Sandra Cuiña April 19, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Nice skirts! XX

    • Anonymous April 19, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      I've struggled with this A LOT in the past. I ended up buying a Face à Face pair which has worked out well. Good luck!

    • Stephanie Chiu April 19, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      I love mustard yellow and navy! That's skirt is so cute too

    • Mlle Coconath April 20, 2016 at 2:48 am

      So chic!
      Mademoiselle Coconath

    • Rosa Fairfield April 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      The flower skirt is so gorgeous. I also really love the way you have styled it. I am such an Ann Taylor fan.


    • Sara April 20, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      you'll have to go to a designer/high-end shop to get glasses with a smaller than 50 or 51 mm width (the width of each lens). I just went to a high end shop and was easily able to find tons of cute glasses with 47 or 48 mm widths. Places like lenscrafters, etc, really only cater to the masses or push glasses that are too big/wide. good luck.

    • Sara April 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      I love the color combos here, but the modcloth sweater looks very casual compared the the fabric of the skirt. Would you suggest it as work appropriate?

    • Sara April 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      I love the color combos here, but the modcloth sweater looks very casual compared the the fabric of the skirt. Would you suggest it as work appropriate?

    • Generic Account April 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      I'm in the UK but I managed to find a pair that fit in a normal adult range – it helps that slightly bigger glasses are in at the moment so it doesn't look weird. Some of the teen ranges have plainer glasses that are fine (eg plain black plastic) or look for the smallest fit in adult ranges (mine are 50/16 and anything bigger looked ridiculous).

    • Colleen Lora Designs April 22, 2016 at 7:38 am

      First, I'm a 45 yr old that used to be fashion savvy! Felt like I started getting frumpy as I've gained a few pounds. Finding your blog has been just what I needed to get back in the fashion game again – though I'm a 6 now and not a 2. After seeing this post I ordered the yellow striped cardigan jacket. Are you wearing black jeans with it? I didn't realize the stripe was navy and I'm not sure if I can mix the jacket with black pants and am stuck with what else to wear it. Thanks so much!!!

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